Bomb kills 5, wounds 60 in Turkish capital

A powerful bomb explosion in the Turkish capital Tuesday killed five people and injured 60, the prime minister said.

Bomb kills 5, wounds 60 in Turkish capital

A powerful bomb explosion in the Turkish capital Tuesday killed five people and injured 60, the prime minister said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said four Turks and one Pakistani were killed in the blast. He said authorities were investigating the type of bomb used. "Is it a suicide bomber or a parcel bomb? Technical teams are working on this," Erdogan told reporters after inspecting the scene.

The blast outside one of the oldest shopping malls in Ankara hurled glass and other debris over a wide area. A body, covered in a white sheet, lay outside the building.

Private NTV television, quoting police sources, said the bomb was made of plastic explosives, the type favored by separatist Kurdish rebels. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Television video shortly after the blast showed medics tending to the wounded and carrying them to ambulances on stretchers.

"The scene here is horrific," Mayor Melih Gokcek said.

"There was a sudden explosion, everything turned to dust," said Cenk Yedier, a witness. "I could hear people screaming."

Forensic teams collected evidence.

Private television stations NTV and CNN-Turk said police were considering the possibility of a bomb left inside a package at bus stops in the area, or an attack by a suicide bomber.

At least 15 people, some of them foreigners, were taken to a hospital nearby, officials told CNN-Turk television. The nationality of the foreigners was not known.

Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2007, 21:59
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